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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities - Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities - Bettany Hughes

Title: Istanbul

Author:  Bettany Hughes

ISBN:  9780297868484

Weight:  990g

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Istanbul by Bettany Hughes

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact.  From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries – real and imagined.

Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires.  For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story.

In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world’s greatest cities.  As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of micro-cities and cultures all gathering around the core.  At the latest count archaeologists have measured forty-two human habitation layers.  Phoenicians, Genoese, Venetians, Jews, Vikings, Azeris all called a patch of this earth their home.

Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its finest.

Peer & Press Reviews

Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes pieces together the history of Istanbul in a riveting biography of a brilliant, bloodied city.

Madeleine Keane, Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Ten years in the researching and writing, it’s a glittering mosaic of a history, packing the stories of three cities ‐ Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul – into one volume, from their earliest settlement in 6000BC, to the 20th Century.

Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

This is historical narrative brimming with brio and incident.  Hughes’s portraits are written with a zesty flourish… Istanbul is a visceral, pulsating city.  In Bettany Hughes’s life-filled and life-affirming history, steeped in romance and written with verve, it has found a sympathetic and engaging champion.

Justin Marozzi, Guardian

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Istanbul
Sub title: A Tale of Three Cities
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

The main body of the book is 602 pages, which includes three sections of photographs (both colour & monochrome) and greyscale maps.

The front matter has an additional 25 pages:

Contents [4 pages]
Illustrations and Maps [3]
Plate Sections [2]
Maps designed by Jamie Whyte [1]
Prologue [6]
Note on Names [3]
Introduction [6]

The back matter has a further 198 pages:

Acknowledgements [2pages]
Timeline [29]
Appendix [4]
Notes [67]
Bibliography [58]
Index [38]

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780297868484
ISBN 10: 0297868489
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 602 [main body]
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 162 x 59mm
Weight: 1.497kg [very heavy book]
Design Credits
Design: Andrew Smith
Jacket photograph: Lubilub / Getty images

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